If you're dreaming of a deliciously summery cocktail that features fresh limeade and gin, you need to make these Gin Lime Rickeys with Cilantro.
(This recipe for Gin Lime Rickeys with Cilantro was originally posted in September 2011, but was updated with new photos in 2018).
I admit, I had my first pumpkin beer last night. I know. I didn't want to, but we were eating dinner outside and it was cool and fall-like and it just sounded so good. And it was September 1, after all. But we're still in that weird in-between seasons time, with a few more days until Labor Day and a few more weeks before summer is officially over. So, here's one more glorious summery drink that will be the perfect way to kiss summer goodbye.
Growing up, I absolutely loved Lime Rickeys. So when I saw Martha Stewart's more adult-version in her magazine, I immediately knew it would be my end of summer Cocktail Friday drink. It's simple, but unique with the addition of cilantro and lots and lots of limes. Perfect for sipping outside with a light sweater, as you kiss the summer goodbye. Wahhhh.
GIN LIME RICKEYS WITH CILANTRO RECIPE
I changed the original recipe's ratios up a bit (more gin!), but the instructions for this cocktail recipe are super easy, even though you're essentially making your own limeade (of course you could buy limeade, too, but if you have an extra 3 minutes, I suggest making it!). Which is perfect for a Friday evening when all you want to do is wind down from a long work week with a cocktail. You'll simply pour the water in a pitcher, along with the juice of three limes, gin, and sugar. Then you'll add the other two limes sliced into rounds and pop the whole thing in the fridge for about an hour to chill.
Pour over ice and you're ready to serve these gin lime rickeys and celebrate the end of summer.
Because even though I'm going to miss the sun and heat immensely, we do have a lot of look forward to. Like more pumpkin beer and Halloween candy. Plus, you never know; the weather could remain perfectly pleasant for the next month or so. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, gin with lime will keep the summer spirit alive for me.
I used to not like cilantro. But then something changed and now I like it alright. It seems that people generally LOVE it or HATE cilantro, but I guess I'd place myself right in between. If you really, really can't stand it, you can certainly use parsley here or just leave the greens out altogether.
I mean, do you really need to pair anything with gin and lime?
This gin lime rickey was nice and tart from the lime, but also sweet from the added sugar. The gin wasn't overpowering at all and this could be the perfect way to introduce gin into your repertoire if you're not totally crazy about it already.
We enjoyed these cocktails on what could be one of the last warm summer evenings here in Boston, on the deck with a delicious dinner. I'll miss you, summer. But now, I'm going to start scouting around for some fall drink ideas. Pumpkin pie martini, anyone?
How are you saying farewell to summer?
GIn Lime Rickeys with Cilantro
- 1 cup water
- 5 limes
- 1 cup gin
- 3 Tbsp superfine or granulated sugar
- 3 cups club soda
- 1 small bunch cilantro
- Pour water into a pitcher and juice 3 of the limes into it.
- Add gin and sugar. Cut the other 2 limes into rounds and add them in the pitcher, too.
- Refrigerate pitcher until chilled. Remove from fridge and add in the club soda.
- Pour cocktail into glasses over ice, add a bit of cilantro to each, and serve.
- Adapted from Martha Stewart